The Water Cooler – “Giving Tuesday” – What’s Your Favorite Charity?

December 3, 2019 12:04 pm · 37 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Today is “Giving Tuesday,” a day in which non-profit organizations around the world encourage donations.

QUESTION: What is your favorite non-profit organization, and even if you didn’t donate to them this year, why do you think they’re worthy of a person’s donation?

Talk about it….

Simonpure December 3, 2019 at 12:07 PM

Wounded Warriors Project. I personally do not think we do enough for our veterans. The greatest casualty is being forgotten.

Roz December 3, 2019 at 12:12 PM

Simonpure,…you beat me to it,…Wounded Warriors too.

Mimi (original) December 3, 2019 at 2:14 PM

Yep, me too!

Future Catlady December 3, 2019 at 12:13 PM

St. Jude’s is one I find worthy. Wounded Warriors and the Humane Society are also worthy of donations.

Sign from Above December 3, 2019 at 12:15 PM

St. Jude. 83 cents of every dollar goes directly toward it’s services.

Dawg December 3, 2019 at 12:16 PM

The Make-A-Wish Foundation, a non profit organization bringing joy into the lives of critically ill children.

HappyPappy December 3, 2019 at 12:16 PM

Salvation Army because they have the lowest overhead. Nearly all donations go to help the poor and needy. I believe their margin is less than 10%.
Hospice in another good one.
Goodwill and others help too but but they’re profit motivated.

anon December 3, 2019 at 12:22 PM

East Bay SPCA & Humane Society- like to donate to local organizations. Wounded Warriors is great too.

Kentucky Derby December 3, 2019 at 12:39 PM

Shriner’s Hospital for Children. If you donate to Shriner’s Hospital directly, 100% goes directly towards it’s services. There’s not too many organizations that give 100% towards the cause, especially for kids who are very sick.

Thank you to all the organizations that have emailed this last week, reminding me today is Giving Tuesday.

Sign from Above December 3, 2019 at 2:27 PM

Agreed. Shriner’s is another great one!

Concordejet December 3, 2019 at 12:53 PM

I love Save Mount Diablo and Alzheimer Association

Pyrrhus December 3, 2019 at 1:09 PM

Doctors without Borders. Very well run charity where the majority of contributions go towards actually helping people instead of Administration and Fundraising. Also, if you look at the actual pay of the administration it is pretty low. The Executive Director is paid $200k. The President is paid $60k.

Roz December 3, 2019 at 1:12 PM

Hey All ~
Just think it’s Wonderful that so many are donating to all causes 🙂

Simonpure December 3, 2019 at 2:04 PM

Awww…your human kindness is showing Roz 🙂 Just what this country needs is more of you.

martinezmike December 3, 2019 at 1:18 PM

The Human Fund.

Future Catlady December 3, 2019 at 2:32 PM

Will you be making that donation in time for Festivus 😉

America December 3, 2019 at 1:35 PM

St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Cellophane December 3, 2019 at 2:05 PM

We have several we like but the favorite is Best Friends Animal Society.

Rick Calicura December 3, 2019 at 2:26 PM

Meals on Wheels is my #1 fave as they support our local shut ins and seniors. An added benefit to their daily meals, a friendly visitor shows up each day to see that the person is safe and well, perhaps takes a few minutes to visit and chat a bit.

#2 Salvation Army. Always there in an emergency and no quibbles as to who gets what. Very dependable. (imho)

Bad Nombre December 3, 2019 at 2:37 PM

The NRA and NMLRA (National Muzzle-loading Rifle Association) for education and support of our national heritage and promoting marksmanship and responsible firearm ownership.

Cowellian December 3, 2019 at 3:01 PM

I write checks to the Boy Scouts, and drop cash into the Salvation Army kettles. One year, before leaving California, I was fortunate enough to be a Salvation Army bell-ringer in Martinez.

Gititogether December 3, 2019 at 3:06 PM

I tend to get much more satisfaction volunteering my time. I have a guarantee that my effort is helping the party I intend to help.

mohairs December 3, 2019 at 3:22 PM

Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano & Salvation Army – which are, as far as I’m aware, both great organizations that truly help people in need.

Anne December 3, 2019 at 3:29 PM

St. Anthony’s, Project Open Hand, ARF, and The Contra Costa Food Bank.

JazzMan December 3, 2019 at 3:55 PM

Hope Technology school

Gittyup December 3, 2019 at 4:17 PM

Over time, I have given regularly to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Greenpeace Foundation, Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) and any number of other smaller animal welfare organizations who solicited donations.

After I adopted a cat from ARF and found him to be such joy, I decided the best thing I could do for ARF was to take one of their animals, shop at their thrift store in Concord, and buy cat toys and treats from their Boutique inside the adoption facility on Mitchell Dr. in Walnut Creek. They are local, highly rated, and I fully support the work they do.

SeeK December 3, 2019 at 4:48 PM

We give to several. Mostly for children and animals: St Jude, big brothers & sisters, save the children, aspca, arf, guide dogs for the blind, salvation army, hospice and CC food bank.

PESFG December 3, 2019 at 5:05 PM

There is one organization I love to give to. It is called “Me, myself, and I Charities”. All profits, though not that much, get used towards basic necessities such as housing, transportation, food, medical.

Doh December 3, 2019 at 9:29 PM

Every Christmas season for decades the charities donation requests; even those to whom I already give annually. Now they are trying to make an extra special day of it. I think they are over playing the season for giving.

That said, a partial list of mine is the Marine Mammal Center, ARF, SPCA, Sierra Club, local food charities, The Hunger Project, TURN (fights PG&E & AT&T), Sierra Club, Greenpeace, The Carter Center.

Doh December 3, 2019 at 9:45 PM

As a general rule I never give money to any charity that uses telemarketers.
I ask what percentage goes to the charity. One actually admitted less than 10%.
Last week I received a voice response robo-call from the National Police Support Fund. The pre-recorded part said it was a charity but when I reach a human he said donations were not tax deductible; so did the web site. Their web site does not mention how the money is spent. Their Agent of Service is not registered with the state where they reside. They named one but it doesn’t exist. I reported them to the state.

If you have any doubts use Charity Navigator to research them.

Carnac the Magnificent December 3, 2019 at 10:08 PM

Fisher House Foundation- Helping military families in their time of need.

American Indian College Fund – Education is the answer.

weppin December 4, 2019 at 4:21 AM

My church. Tithing through my church is a great way to give back to the local community as well as disaster relief areas. Our church deacons do a great job of distributing the funds to those in need.

Pops December 4, 2019 at 6:33 AM

Bay Area Crisis Nursery.

It’s local and it is all about helping kids in need.

chuckie the troll December 4, 2019 at 9:35 AM

I really dislike “Giving Tuesday”! Too many email requests for money. We already give a substantial amount of money to charity and don’t need the bombardment of more requests.

Local charity: Bay Area Crisis Nursery and Salvation Army. Both offer services right here in Concord.

Great topic December 4, 2019 at 10:27 AM

Community Concern for Cats! They are a local rescue group that does so much good. 🙂

Mika December 4, 2019 at 6:25 PM

Animal rescue groups.

Silva December 4, 2019 at 8:06 PM

Oceana, Friends of the Earth, Defenders of Wildlife and Save Mt. Diablo are some of my very favorites.

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